Thanksgiving is a day for reuniting with loved ones, indulging in all sorts of traditional Turkey Day dishes, and above all else, thankfulness. And if you’re spending this Thanksgiving at someone else’s home for dinner, the best way you can show gratitude for their generosity is by being the best party guest ever. That means showing up on time, offering to help out where you can and not committing the worst faux pas of all: bringing uninvited guests.
While it’s understandable to want to spend the holiday with a brand-new significant other or make sure your co-worker doesn’t have to spend Thanksgiving alone, it’s important to keep in mind that your host has a lot on their plate and is likely planning everything according to their guest list.
It’s common courtesy to check with your host before bringing along an unannounced plus-one — or worse, a plus-more-than-one — so they can plan their Thanksgiving dinner accordingly.
By showing up with unannounced guests in tow, you may be sending the message that you take the host for granted and feel entitled to their generosity. If you ask about additional guests ahead of time and your host declines, you should accept their answer graciously.
When someone else is kind enough to prepare an entire Thanksgiving feast for you and opens up their home, it’s important to show your appreciation by making sure you don’t make any mistakes that keep you from being an amazing guest.